Two new readymade garment factories, operating under Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association, have received LEED certification (certificate for green factories) from the United States Green Building Council (USGBC).
The green-certified factories are Barnali Collections Limited from Narayanganj, with 64 points out of 110, and Bangladesh Export Import Company Limited (Beximco) from Gazipur, with 85 points out of a total of 110.
“With two new factories getting LEED certification, the total number of green factories in the country now stands at 178,” BGMEA Director Md Mohiuddin Rubel said on Saturday, making the information public.
“This achievement will help us in developing our brand image to the international buyers,” Rubel said, adding that 13 factories out of a total of 58 have already achieved platinum certifications this year.
Rubel added that green factories increase the confidence of the buyers to procure more RMG products from Bangladesh.
“At a time when our orders have decreased by 20-30 per cent due to the ongoing global economic slowdown, the fact that we’ve been considered once again for the safest factories will boost our business.
“Besides, green factories consume less energy than the traditional factories, which is a must as the country struggles with energy supply to factories,” added Rubel.
Rubel further said the LEED certification will help the country’s RMG producers to compete in the global market and get the best prices.
UNB . Dhaka